A-level results: Lauded for their good grades - and character

Muhammad Nur Izeyar Yazid (right) and Vimal P (in army uniform) were among four students singled out yesterday for their exemplary character by Ms Britta Seet, vice-principal of Jurong Pioneer JC.
Muhammad Nur Izeyar Yazid (right) and Vimal P (in army uniform) were among four students singled out yesterday for their exemplary character by Ms Britta Seet, vice-principal of Jurong Pioneer JC.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

While most boys his age were playing video games into the wee hours of the morning, Muhammad Nur Izeyar Yazid would be up at 3am to pack dozens of Malay kuih, or snacks, for his father to sell at the workers' dormitories in Tuas.

The 18-year-old, who did this daily for the past six years, would go back to sleep when done, and wake up at 5.30am to go to school. On some weekends, he would also help at his father's pasar malam (night market) stall till late, often going to bed at midnight.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2019, with the headline 'Lauded for their good grades - and character'. Print Edition | Subscribe